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Dick Gregory €Preaches€ Activism at Plymouth Men€s Day Program

Ed Laiscell | 6/24/2009, 10:12 a.m.

Dick Gregory, the 76-year-old activist, challenged the thinking of the congregants of Plymouth Congregational UCC Church in Northeast during their annual men€s ministry service on Sun., June 21. Speaking before more than 400 attendees, Gregory charged that the Black church needs to reconsider some of their positions.

€We have been messed up,€ he charged at one point. €We have been made to misunderstand who we are as a people. We are intelligent.€

Gregory€s message inspired many of those in attendance and challenged some to get more involved.

€I€m so glad that he stopped by to share a word with us today,€ said Rev. Graylan Hagler, Pastor of Plymouth Congregational. €Hopefully, it caused some of us to think.€
The Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, located in Northeast D.C., held its Fathers Day/Men€s Day with activist Dick Gregory as it€s speaking guest on Sun., June 21. Photo by Victor Holt

Kester Kemp, who was honored by the Men€s Ministry for his leadership, thought Gregory€s message was ideal.

€I always liked Mr. Gregory because to me he always tells it like it is. I€m sort of the same way. At times he is very terse, but also very sincere about what he says and he meant everything he said because he has been preaching that forever,€ Kemp said.

When asked how he thought the congregation received Gregory€s message, Hagler said, €I think my congregation was enthusiastic.

€I thought the message was very good. One of the things it did is to help shake us out of our complacency and it challenges us to be shaken in our being enough to examine who we are and who we belong to,€ Hagler said.

€I think he delivered a message well enough that it caused people to think and look at things like they never looked at before, particularly on this day when we are celebrating the men€s ministry and looking at the role of men in this community.€